Dynamic energy correlation analysis of E. coli aspartokinase III and alteration of allosteric regulation by manipulating energy transduction pathways
Conformational change associated with allosteric regulation in a protein is ultimately driven by energy transformation. However, little is known about the latter process. In this work, we combined steered molecular dynamics simulations and sequence conservation analysis to investigate the conformational changes and energy transformation in the allosteric enzyme aspartokinase III (AK III) from Escherichia coli. Correlation analysis of energy change at residue level indicated significant transformation between electrostatic energy and dihedral angle energy during the allosteric regulation. Key amino acid residues located in the corresponding energy transduction pathways were identified by dynamic energy correlation analysis. To verify their functions, residues with a high energy correlation in the pathways were altered and their effects on allosteric regulation of AKIII were determined. This study sheds new insights into energy transformation during allosteric regulation of AK III and proposes a strategy to identify key residues that are involved in intramolecular energy transduction and thus in driving the allosteric process.
dynamic energy correlation
energy transduction pathway
570: Biowissenschaften, Biologie
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of K. C. Wong Education Foundation and DAAD (no. 91700128). This work was also supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 21776233, 22078273), Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province of China (No. 2018J01013), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (no. 20720200038, 20720170033).